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Old 02-04-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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IVR2 ers: I recently attended a full day of RV show in Louisville KY. I spent almost all of my day at the RV Boot Camp learning sessions. 2guysrveducation.com put on the sessions (they own the Sanidump.com site). A ton of myths were dispelled and the education I received was well worth the hours that I spent listening and taking notes.

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3. Running your propane furnace heating system while driving is very dangerous.
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3. Running your propane furnace heating system while driving is very dangerous.
For what reason is it VERY DANGEROUS?
It doesn't say that in my owners manual, we run ours all the time while driving.
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For what reason is it VERY DANGEROUS?
It doesn't say that in my owners manual, we run ours all the time while driving.
What he said Please expound on what the experts presented

Done it many - many times...just never in a gas station - obviously
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I do it all the time (run furnace while driving), why is it dangerous
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I too run my furnace as I drive down the road. But am now more aware of the issues that can cause me to change my habits.

The reason that was offered included; carbon monoxide production due to a poor burn as the barometric pressure changes around the furnace burner box of the moving vehicle vs the stopped vehicle and build up of propane and a delayed ignition due to changes around the burner box of the moving vehicle.
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I too run my furnace as I drive down the road. But am now more aware of the issues that can cause me to change my habits.

The reason that was offered included; carbon monoxide production due to a poor burn as the barometric pressure changes around the furnace burner box of the moving vehicle vs the stopped vehicle and build up of propane and a delayed ignition due to changes around the burner box of the moving vehicle.
They called themselves experts? The furnace has a sealed combustion chamber, impossible for carbon monoxide to enter RV. As for the delayed ignition, the furnace has a built in safety, and won't keep pumping out propane if it doesn't light.
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Gee, 3 for 3. You offer 3 'facts' you supposedly wasted an entire day listening to. All three are either incomplete, don't always apply or out right incorrect.

By way of example.

Point 1. My RV came with 3 series 29 12v deep cycle batteries. Replacing with 2 Trojan T-105s would reduce the storage capacity by about 1/3rd.

Point 2. MANY RVs already come with perfectly functional 3 stage battery chargers installed and have for years. Even Thor's low end Daybreak and Hurricane models have this.

Point 3 is outright wrong for all the reasons stated and the fact that the Atwood and Surburban propane furnaces are RVIA and UL certified for use while underway.

I really wish these experts would spend more time showing new RV'rs how to use thier coach than trying to sell stuff...but then again, it was a full day paid advertisement.
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Here is the site that the presenters have and here is the schedule that they have mapped for other presentations. If you are in the area have a listen to what they offer and please comment on their facts or fictions.... I am not an RV maintenance guru and rely on guys like this to offer sound and real advice.

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I for one, would like to know how the heck you are supposed to heat these things while driving in the winter if you can't run the furnace? I can tell you my dash heat and the little heater in the bedroom aren't going to cut it.
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Do these guys recommend you not run the heater in a high wind when you're parked? Maybe they should tell the manufacturers to put a warning in the owner's manual, specifing at what wind velocity the heater becomes dangerous.
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Topdown: I totally agree.... had taken my rig for a frozen tundra drive this past weekend and without the furnace I would have been shivering up front in the drivers seat. But I had listened intently and asked good questions.
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Unfortunately some will listen to the experts as gospel. I have had a few RVs that I ran the furnace while motoring down the road , this including the old pilot light ones. Never been an issue.
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